Official Xbox Magazine UK's Scores

  • Games
For 1,895 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 42% higher than the average critic
  • 6% same as the average critic
  • 52% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 6.8 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Game review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Lowest review score: 10 Leisure Suit Larry: Box Office Bust
Score distribution:
1895 game reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Our favourite addition is the brilliantly insane Karaoke mode, which enables you to sing along to instrumental versions of the famous theme music. Less hilariously, but more usefully, there's support for eight players over Xbox Live to replicate the legendary showdowns that occurred at amusement arcades around the world in the mid-'90s.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When you consider the revised physics engine and fine-tuned player AI, this year's FIFA steps up as one of the best updates in a long time. A goal machine of a game and a compulsive purchase that not even Arsene Wenger could resist.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    We expected a brief, morbid adventure, but we never expected it to surpass Limbo. [Sept 2016, p.80]
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    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best ice hockey game yet. [Nov 2009, p.96]
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    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A masterful continuation of a captivating tale - powerful, sad and deeply involving. [Sept 2016, p.85]
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    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Exceptional racing with brilliant atmosphere.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's this kind of smooth, easy perfection that floods the game. [Nov 2007, p.92]
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    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The first Assassin's Creed's charm was in the sumptuous graphics and straightforward action - that incredible climbing and free-running, and the visceral thrill of stapling evil people to the dirt with a wristblade. With AC2 the rest of the game has caught up with the brilliance of those central ideas to create a complete and coherent experience. We can think of plenty of words that could describe Assassin's Creed 2 - involving, exciting, cinematic - but there's only one word that sums it up beautifully. Killer. [Dec 2009, p.74]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    There's a massive amount to say about GHWT, from the factoid videos teaching you the real guitar, and the vastly improved backdrop for gigs, to the superb way you can play as a band. This is a vastly entertaining package and a must buy for music lovers and GH fans.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It was, and still is, a gaming masterpiece. The term ‘Must Buy’ was created for games like this.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A genuine treat that excels in escapist shooting and rah-rah bad-guy killing, yet still finds time to be soulful, emotional and occasionally melancholy. It's better than it has any right to be.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The best game in the franchise to date. It's genuinely good enough that it might even convert diehard PES fans if Konami's update this year ends up being as lacklustre as last year's.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    For the price, it's unmissable, and it proves that Liberty City can support far more than the two pieces of DLC Rockstar has committed to.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Despite the blatantly rushed execution, it's impossible not to love The Walking Dead Episode 2. This is thought-provoking, clever, and genuinely grown-up entertainment. Heart-rending decisions and spectacular pacing make this one of the most intense gaming experiences we've ever had.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    FIFA 07 is fantastic. The reworked gameplay feels so right and its Xbox Live support is amazing. [Nov 2006, p.66]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A faithful upgrade of a handheld classic.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's hugely addictive, enormously satisfying and will only set you back 800 points. What are you waiting for? [May 2009, p.96]
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    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    It's Virtua Fighter 5, only tarted up. [Sept 2012, p.105]
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    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A clear improvement on its already-excellent predecessor and is now absolutely the dance game that Kinect deserves. Those who can't stomach the more narrow selection of musical genres will be upset, but this is still the slickest, sexiest dance game around.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    When all is said and done, this is the 'proper' Call of Duty fans have been waiting for. [Issue#67, p.84]
    • 92 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    The beauty of Guitar Hero II is it's just as playable and addictive in single-player, with a career mode taking you and your band out of the sticks and onto the road of rock stardom. [Apr 2007, p.80]
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unnecessary multiplayer aside, Dead Space 2 is a corker. It's an unpredictable powder-keg of [a] game; even when you get mulched by the Necromorphs it's great to see just how many chunks your corpse has been blown into. [Feb 2011, p.88]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Even if you're confined to single player, Spelunky is yet another small but perfectly formed nugget of joy to be unearthed on the Games Marketplace. Like Fez, Joe Danger and Super Meat Boy before it, the charm simply oozes out of the screen and leaves a saccharine sticky patch at the base of your TV. That initial infuriation crystallises into solid determination and 1200MP buys you an endless supply of levels against which to test your wits and skills.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    COD4 is cutting-edge entertainment, but the downside to this dense and gripping delivery is that it's over far too quickly: five to six hours on Normal difficulty...COD4 is short but immensely satisfying and we can't wait for a post-modern revival. [Dec 2007, p.73]
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Unique stealth-horror thriller that combines great pacing and smart design with razor-sharp AI that's unpredictable in all the right ways. It's an arduous undertaking, but it begs to be experienced.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Without question the best rally sim ever made. Reality without the whiplash.
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    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Bloody, beautiful and still brilliant almost a decade later. [Nov 2015, p.67]
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    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Gears of War is absolutely rammed with excitement, innovation and atmosphere. This is a next-generation game in every respect, trampling convention and really rewriting the shooter genre with flourish and pace.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Kinect aside, it's genuinely smashing.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    IL-2 feels like two separate games: one a solid, fun arcade flyer, the other a testing simulation of true aerial combat circa Hitler-times. It's inevitable then, that if you're at all interested in planes, or just want to embarrass yourself at a different altitude, IL-2 can hardly come more recommended.